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Introduction to Composite Materials - 13 - 17 November 2017

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Introduction to Composite Materials - 13 - 17 November 2017


This one week intensive course is suitable for Science/Engineering graduates, or those new to the subject area of composites and wishing to extend their knowledge. Topics covered include: mechanics of reinforcement, laminate theory, fracture processes, matrices, manufacturing processes, fibre composites and introduction to design.  Delegates benefit from lectures, class exercises and laboratory sessions.  Full course notes are supplied.


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Course Dates

13th November 2017 – 17th November 2017

Course Leader

Prof Stephen Ogin
Course Description


This is a course covering the essential concepts and practices of Composite Materials. The course will benefit those with no previous formal introduction to the science of composites: no prior knowledge or experience is assumed. All topics will be introduced from first principles and the emphasis will be on developing an understanding of concepts rather than a detailed review of current practice.


Who Should Attend

Those wanting an in-depth introduction to composite materials. The rapid increase in the use of composites means that many people are getting involved with composite materials and finding they need a sound introduction to the subject. It will be suitable for graduates in science or engineering who are entering the field and for technicians engaged in composites technology but who want to understand the science. The course is also suitable for sales and managerial personnel who have a scientific background and are seeking an appreciation of the principles of composite materials.

Module Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide a systematic understanding of the fundamental science and technology of engineering composite materials
  • study the often complex interactions between the matrix, reinforcement and interface in composite materials, leading to an understanding of the relationships between reinforcement geometry and composite properties
  • provide the principles behind important design considerations, processing technologies and test methods
  • Upon successful completion of the course delegates will be able to: describe and comment on the basic mechanical behaviour of composite materials and make sound judgements on the likely behaviour of new combinations of materials
  • support the choices made for using certain types of composites in certain applications with reference to composite properties
  • demonstrate a practical understanding of composite properties and fabrication techniques, and to be able to make realistic suggestions for the evaluation of composite behaviour, where appropriate.


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